by Bob Doran
This came in too late to make it into this week's calendar:
Local doctors and nurses perform A Christmas Peril, a humorous yet sobering update on national health reform a la Charles Dickens, on Friday, Dec. 18, at the Labor Temple (840 E St. Eureka) and on Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Arcata Playhouse (1251 9th St. Arcata). Both shows start at 7:30 p.m.
The show is a puppet musical for adults featuring familiar Christmas carols with new lyrics. It is set in Sacramento and will take the audience on visits to California's health care past, present, and future. Admission is $5 but, unlike our health care system, no one will be turned away if they can't pay.
A Christmas Peril is a sequel to The Sound of Moolah, which took on the issue of national health reform. The new show explains what the House and Senate health reform bills currently in Congress mean for California and why we will continue to need state level reform. A broad coalition of California's labor, faith, and health access organizations will be renewing their efforts for state single payer reform in 2010.